Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border

Civil War on the Missouri Kansas Border During the Civil War the western front was the scene of some of that conflict s bloodiest and most barbaric encounters as Union raiders and Confederate guerrillas pursued each other from farm to farm

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  • Title: Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border
  • Author: Donald L. Gilmore
  • ISBN: 9781589803299
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During the Civil War, the western front was the scene of some of that conflict s bloodiest and most barbaric encounters as Union raiders and Confederate guerrillas pursued each other from farm to farm with equal disregard for civilian casualties Historical accounts of these events overwhelmingly favor the victorious Union standpoint, characterizing the Southern fighters aDuring the Civil War, the western front was the scene of some of that conflict s bloodiest and most barbaric encounters as Union raiders and Confederate guerrillas pursued each other from farm to farm with equal disregard for civilian casualties Historical accounts of these events overwhelmingly favor the victorious Union standpoint, characterizing the Southern fighters as wanton, unprincipled savages But in fact, as the author, himself a descendant of Union soldiers, discovered, the bushwhackers violent reactions were understandable, given the reign of terror they endured as a result of Lincoln s total war in the West.In reexamining many of the long held historical assumptions about this period, Gil discusses President Lincoln s utmost desire to keep Missouri in the Union by any and all means As early as 1858, Kansan and Union troops carried out unbridled confiscation or destruction of Missouri private property, until the state became known as the burnt region These outrages escalated to include martial law throughout Missouri and finally the infamous General Orders Number 11 of September 1863 in which Union general Thomas Ewing, federal commander of the region, ordered the deportation of the entire population of the border counties It is no wonder that, faced with the loss of their farms and their livelihoods, Missourians struck back with equal force.

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    1. I'm giving this book three stars, but only because it is mostly about guerilla warfare (I'm mostly interested in the battles and campaigns of the conventional forces, not guerrilla actions). However, the book does an excellent job corrected the often pro-Union biased books about the region, showing how the Union authorities themselves were responsible for pushing many Missourians into guerilla warfare. The parts of the book covering conventional military actions (Price's 1864 Missouri campaign, [...]

    2. Although purported to be a balanced work, it definitely skews to favor the rebel side of the equation, rather than accurately portraying the entire conflict from both sides without bias.

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